The battlefront of photographic traffic enforcement is moving to the dashboard, where an increasing number of gadgets — even built-in systems from automakers including General Motors and Mazda — are alerting drivers to the locations of cameras, which photograph speeders and red-light violators and issue citations.
A spokesman for the City of Richmond says that the city follows strict federal and state guidelines when programming the length of its yellow lights. Still, local traffic attorney, Joseph McGrath, who is also a member of the National Motorists Association, states that drivers need to be aware of the issues with yellow lights and red-light cameras in other places.
The city’s police chief said he’s committed to the photo radar and red-light camera enforcement programs, despite falling support among Winnipeggers. Among the survey’s findings: 75 per cent support for photo radar, down from 82.9 per cent in 2007, and 79.6 per cent support for the red-light camera photo enforcement, down from 87.9 per cent in 2007.
Why have numerous federal, state and local law enforcement agencies looked up my private driver’s license data almost 60 times in the past decade? Other than a handful of what look like legitimate searches — license and tab renewals and one speeding ticket — most of the inquiries appear questionable, if not outright illegal.
The Houston Coalition Against Red Light Cameras is launching a pledge drive to put an end to the photo enforcement of traffic lights in Sugar Land. If the Sugar Land Police Department does not recommend that the program be terminated or that it be placed on the ballot for a public vote this group will commence legal action to overturn the city’s rejection of their petition of April 19. That petition called for a public vote on the issue.
A symposium on speed camera policies, best practices and proposed changes for the 2014 session will be closed to the public. Critics say the lack of transparency is concerning. According to the symposium details posted online, the meeting is designed “to educate local governments on statutory requirements for speed camera programs and best practices for developing vendor contracts, compliance policies and procedures, forming partnerships, and program evaluation.”
A legal challenge to the way Toledo cites and levies fines on motorists caught by photo-enforcement cameras will be heard by the Ohio Supreme Court. The high court agreed Wednesday to review a June 28 decision by Ohio’s 6th District Court of Appeals that found the city had unconstitutionally taken away the jurisdiction of Toledo Municipal Court by creating an administrative review process for those who run red lights or speed.
Pittsburgh City Council has given preliminary approval to a pilot project that would install surveillance cameras at certain traffic lights to catch drivers who run red lights. It was given preliminary approval today, but it may not begin in Pittsburgh for about a year. Council member Theresa Kail-Smith is concerned that the red light systems may actually cause accidents among drivers who know they’re being monitored.
In its three months of operation, the city of Tuscaloosa’s only active red-light camera that automates citations for violators in the city has resulted in almost 800 tickets issued, and at $110 a citation, the system is designed to pay for itself.